Kill the Wabbit: 'Crazed Hare' Attacks Austrian Couple
An elderly Austrian woman required hospital treatment after being attacked by what was described as a 'crazed hare.' Police were forced to shoot the rampaging beast before it could hurt anybody else.
An elderly Austrian couple have been attacked by a "crazed hare."
The unidentified woman, still under attack by the rampant hare, was eventually able to escape into her home, where her husband called the police before going outside to attempt to shoo the bunny away.
When police arrived on the scene, they found the 78-year-old man fighting the hare off with a stick -- and losing. Police asked the man to go inside. When the hare refused to give up the fight, the police were forced to shoot and kill the animal.
The police defended their apparent over-reaction by saying the hare could have fled if it had wanted to. "The animal always had the possibility of retreat because the garden was not closed off by a fence or other objects," they said in the statement.
Niederwimmer doubts there will be complaints from animal protection agencies. "Definitely not," he said. "The hare had already bitten someone. Just imagine if there had been a small child playing in the yard."
Niederwimmer said the officers involved had declined to make official comments regarding the incident. "It was distressing enough for them to shoot the animal, even though it was dangerous," he said.
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